Retaining wall repairs between Ynysybwl and Glyncoch
Written by Gavin on 5th August 2020
Work will shortly begin to repair two retaining walls between Ynysybwl and Glyncoch following damage by Storm Dennis – requiring temporary traffic lights and a reduced speed limit at a section of B4273 Ynysybwl Road.
The £270,000 scheme will begin from Thursday, August 6. The Council has appointed Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd to deliver the scheme, which will last around 10 weeks.
The two retaining walls are located above the Nant Clydach river, retaining Ynysybwl Road. The first wall is around 125m long and requires several areas of reconstruction and general repointing. The second structure requires localised repairs to existing gabion baskets and a concrete fill at the bottom of the wall. Work will also include the removal of vegetation from all wall faces.
Traffic management will be required throughout the scheme, including traffic lights on the eastbound lane of Ynysybwl Road, adjacent to the walls, to facilitate a lane closure. However, vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained.
A speed limit restriction for motorists (30mph) will also be in force for an 800m section of Ynysybwl Road – this will be clearly signposted by the contractor. All works related to the scheme will adhere to social distancing guidance.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “The Council is committed to funding, or pursuing external investment, to repair the significant infrastructure damage caused during Storm Dennis and other unprecedented weather events earlier this year. The storm contributed to damage to two retaining walls at this location along Ynysybwl Road.
“They are among 1,500 structures the Council is responsible for maintaining – from walls to culverts and bridges – and a £6m capital investment is allocated in 2020/21 for such work. Replacement or maintenance schemes are currently ongoing at a number of locations, including Castell Ifor Bridge in Hopkinstown, St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda, Station Street in Treherbert and Victoria Bridge in Pontypridd, along with several repair projects due to Storm Dennis.
“The upcoming scheme at Ynysybwl Road will require temporary traffic lights and a speed limit reduction between Ynysybwl and Glyncoch, for the work to be carried out safely. Thanks to road users in advance for their cooperation”.